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A Beach Baby Birthday

My family lives only a few minutes from the beach, and we are never happier than when there is sand between our toes. We had a little birthday party for our friend Taylor on the beach because we thought it was the perfect place to celebrate! Jennifer from Party Dreamz in Orlando was kind enough to help set up the beachy birthday party.

As fun as having a birthday on the beach is, there are a few things to remember if you plan to use the beach as a party location.

Remember your party environment. The wind at the beach will wreak havoc with your party decor if you don’t plan for it! We made sure everything was weighted down—from the napkins to place cards, centerpieces and desserts to tablecloths.

The beach is a big place. We carved out a little piece of beach for ourselves at our party by putting up a ribbon garland. The bonus was that it floated in the breeze and added a great deal of whimsy and coziness to the event atmosphere.

Make Plan Bs and Cs for the kids. Even though we were there for just a short time, the kids managed to blow through activities and hopped into the (cold April) ocean fully clothed. It was our mistake not to make sure there was plenty to do and have lots of extra clothes on hand.

Thanks to Jill from Luecht Photography for photo-editing our pictures—a service she now offers internationally! Renee, from Bees Knees Creative, supplied the gorgeous cookies, and Debra, from Titi’s Tutu’s, the girl’s headbands and pink tutu.

  • http://projectnursery.com Beth

    Gorgeous, Paula. The colors are just lovely with the beach in the background.

  • Arsy

    It looks beautiful! What did you use for the ribbon garland poles?

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  • http://www.herecomesbaby.co.uk Kirsty

    The shell name holders are a great idea and I like the ribbon garlands – they must have looked lovely in the wind on the beach.

  • http://www.frogprincepaperie.com Paula

    The garland screen was really easy! I cut up a yellow flat sheet, 1.5 inch pink ribbon and pink tulle and tied the material in a knot around a rope and fastened the rope to PVC pipes we sank in the sand.

  • Jasmine C.

    You are so lucky to live near the beach! I wish I did so I could also plan breezy beach parties like this!

  • Frauline Melfi

    Lovely party details! We have a beach within the city, but there are so many people I don’t think we can make it as “private” as this.

  • Shai Virtuso

    How wonderful it would be to have a party against a backdrop of sun, sea, sky and sand!

  • Mallory

    Love the cake! What did you use for the sandy look to keep it from soaking into the frosting?

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